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2019-11-25 Food Safety Testing Bulletin

November 2019
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One of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) top priorities is to protect consumers by safeguarding Canada's food supply. The Agency verifies that industry is meeting federal food safety requirements and conducts sampling and testing to detect food safety risks.

Monitoring the levels of chemical and microbiological hazards, undeclared allergens and gluten in the food supply helps CFIA identify food safety hazards and develop risk management strategies to minimize potential risks to Canadians.

When non-compliance is found, CFIA takes appropriate action. These actions may include notifying the manufacturer or importer, requesting a corrective action, additional inspections, conducting further directed sampling or product seizure and/or recall.

Allergen reports

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Undeclared Gluten in Products Containing Gluten-Free Oats (2016-2017)

A targeted survey analyzed 300 samples of products containing gluten-free oats for undeclared gluten and 8 of the samples tested were found to contain undeclared gluten. None of the positive samples were determined to represent a health risk to consumers. No product recalls were required.

Chemical Residue Reports

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Aflatoxins in Selected Spices, Oilseeds, Rice and Rice Products (2015-2016)

A targeted survey analyzed 981 samples of selected spices, oilseeds, rice and rice products for aflatoxins. Detectable levels of aflatoxins were found in 11% of samples tested. It was determined that levels found in this survey were considered safe for consumption. No product recalls were required.

A complete list of the CFIA's food safety testing reports is available.


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